Lesson Plan

Creating a Literature Review

From Story to Movie Trailer
Marla Kay D.
Classroom teacher
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, United States
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the story by creating an iMovie trailer.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Student pairs will create a digital poster to capture the main idea(s) from  the book studied in Literature class.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Using the interactive board, student pairs will share their Glogs with the class. After the presentation, "Sharing Time" begins, during which the presenting pairs ask for constructive feedback on the Glog.   Students ask the pair for their thoughts, using the following questions:

1.  What was your favorite part of your Glog?

2.  What is the most important message you want to tell your viewer?

3.  What did you learn?

4.  What might you do differently next time?

Student pairs then may respond to individual questions about the project, using the previously learned rules for discussion.

3 Guided Practice

To plan and prepare for the movie trailer, students will use Popplet to  identify the most important aspects of the book, and to create a story board to guid them in the iMovie application.

4 Independent Practice

Students will select a movie trailer theme, follow their plan created in Popplet, and add music to the trailer.  My students have the iMovie app, but Animoto could also be used.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their movie trailers, and will also upload them to our class writing blog, to be viewed by others in the school community.   This is to be the culminating activity for our Literature unit, and would encourage other students to not only read the book, but also to further investigate the subject / similar books.